Israeli forces shut down protests across West Bank

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Maan News Agency | Nov 11, 2011

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday fired tear gas rubber-coated bullets at protesters demonstrating against land confiscation across the West Bank.

In Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, a peaceful demonstration was attacked with tear-gas from afar by Israeli soldiers, as protesters tried to march to their lands adjacent to the settlement of Halamish, activists said.

Clashes ensued between soldiers and local youth, they said.

The soldiers shot volleys of tear-gas projectiles into the crowd, as well as rubber-coated bullets, causing injuries to at least 10 protesters, among them an 11-year-old who was hit by a rubber-coated bullet to the chest and suffered a suspected fracture to the rib, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee said in a statement.

An organizer from the village was hit in the face by a rubber-coated bullet shot from close range and was evacuated to the hospital, the statement said.

Bilal Tamimi, a local cameraman, was arrested by soldiers as he was filming the demonstration. He was blindfolded, cuffed with his hands behind his back and taken to the military base in the adjacent settlement of Halamish, the group said.

In al-Maasara, near Bethlehem, a member of the local popular committee was arrested by soldiers as he walked back to his home after a peaceful demonstration in the village, the group said.


In Kufer Qaddum, north of Qalqilia, three people were hurt by tear-gas canisters, including one to the head. An American activist and a Palestinian protester were arrested by the soldiers and taken to the police station in the Ariel settlement, the statement said.

And in Nilin, west of Ramallah, soldiers shot tear gas at the protesters as they marched toward the wall. As clashes erupted, soldiers shot a few rounds of live fire into the air, the committee said.

A Brazilian activist was also evacuated after inhaling tear gas in Bilin.

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